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To: longnshort who wrote (3803)3/1/2012 3:44:12 PM
From: SmoothSail
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I watched both the local ABC and CBS versions of the news this morning. Neither mentioned that he died.

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To: SmoothSail who wrote (3804)3/1/2012 5:25:20 PM
From: MulhollandDrive
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i'm sure they couldn't maintain their glee so decided to best to keep silent....

he was encroaching on their turf

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From: Jim Bryan3/5/2012 8:50:55 AM
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Guitarist Ronnie Montrose Dead at 64 Played alongside Sammy Hagar as part of classic rock group, Montrose

By Greg Prato
March 4, 2012 11:47 AM ET

Ronnie Montrose

Ronnie Montrose, who is best known for his fiery guitar work as a member of the band Montrose, died Saturday. It is believed that the cause of death was prostate cancer, which he had been battling for the past few years.

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Montrose- Rock Candy

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To: Jim Bryan who wrote (3806)3/5/2012 9:26:52 AM
From: Jorj X Mckie
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The lineup for the concert I ever saw was:
Ronnie Montrose & Gamma
Jefferson Starship

that was in Reno Nevada in 1980. Pretty much makes Ronnie Montrose the first live music I ever saw.

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To: Jorj X Mckie who wrote (3807)3/5/2012 10:35:32 AM
From: Jim Bryan
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I saw Montrose in 73 at the Amphitheater.

The lineup was
Peter Frampton
Humble Pie

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From: longnshort3/5/2012 11:26:24 AM
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Steve Bridges Dies At 48 (Impersonator Who Offended Θbama)
Steve Bridges ^ | March 4, 2012 | Steve Bridges
Posted on Sun Mar 4 23:33:19 2012 by red flanker

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Steve Bridges. His passing comes as a shock to all of us. The cause of death is not known at this time, but we will publish more information as it becomes available. Steve brought joy and laughter to millions and was a great inspiration to all who knew him. He will be sadly missed. Our prayers go to his family at this time.

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To: longnshort who wrote (3809)3/5/2012 11:50:54 AM
From: J.B.C.
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Natural causes of course.

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To: J.B.C. who wrote (3810)3/5/2012 11:51:50 AM
From: longnshort
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Rush better watch his back, looks like we have Putin in the WH

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From: Glenn Petersen3/5/2012 1:44:46 PM
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James Q. Wilson, 1931-2012

3Francis Fukuyama
The American Interest
March 4, 2012

I never studied with Jim Wilson while getting my degree in the Harvard Government Department, though he was there at the time. My contacts with him came later, when we served together on the President’s Council on Bioethics in the early 2000s, and as fellow members of the Board of Governors of the Rand Graduate School. Of course the way I got to really know him was through reading his books, from early ones like City Politics to the later volumes like Crime and Human Nature, which he wrote with Richard Herrnstein, and The Moral Sense. Unlike many narrow-minded political scientists, Jim was very happy to make use of new research coming from the life sciences and to apply it to contemporary social behavior.

Many of the obituaries and remembrances of Jim Wilson have focused on what was probably his most famous article, “Broken Windows,” which he co-authored with criminologist George Kelling in the Atlantic Monthly back in 1982. As many have noted, this article was responsible for the shift in policing that took place in New York City during the 1980s, that laid the groundwork for the city’s subsequent recovery from crime and decay over the following decade. I’ve always thought that it would be a uniquely satisfying experience for an academic to write an article that would actually have a concrete beneficial impact on the lives of people around you, as this one surely did.

The Wilson book that remains my favorite, however, and that I use the most often in teaching, is his 1989 volume Bureaucracy. Wilson argued that people like to blame bureaucrats for the failings of bureaucracies, but that the problem lay more in the nature of the public sector and structure of incentives created by the bureaucrats’ political masters. It began by giving three reasons why the public sector could never simply behave like the private sector, to which it is often unfavorably compared.

First, public sector agencies are not allowed to retain earnings, and therefore have no incentive towards economizing costs. A public agency that ends the fiscal year with a surplus because of efficient operations cannot distribute those savings to its managers and employees as incentives, but rather is likely to see its budget cut for the next year on the grounds that it was allocated too much in the first place. This explains the rush to push money out the door at the end of the fiscal year whether the spending is needed or not, and why bureaucracies are so often inefficient.

Second, public agencies are generally not permitted to reallocate factors of production like private companies. Bureaucrats are frequently subject either to civil service rules protecting them, or else backed by powerful unions that oppose firings. Those civil service protections exist, moreover, to prevent the bureaucracy from being used as a source of political patronage as it was during the 19th century.

Finally, and perhaps most important, public agencies must follow goals that are not of their own choosing. Private companies have a single bottom line which is maximization of shareholder returns. Public agencies have multiple mandates that are both confusing and often mutually contradictory. For example, public procurement agencies are expected to buy goods and services based on optimal price and performance, but they are also subject to mandates requiring bids from small-, minority-owned-, and other kinds of criteria, with an almost endless right of recusal that is ultimately driven by Congress. No private procurement officer has to operate under rules like the Federal Acquisitions Regulations. Publicly-owned utilities like the Post Office or Amtrak are expected to recover costs, but are also required to provide universal service, or to serve rural communities–again because someone in Congress demands it. Amtrak could become a very profitable railway if it were allowed to focus its operations just on the Boston-New York-Washington corridor.

Jim Wilson was known as a conservative who cherished limited government in the American tradition. But he also understood that government was needed for all sorts of functions, and that it could do its job better or worse depending on how it was organized and led. Bureaucracy begins with three cases–the German Army at the beginning of World War II, the Texas prison system, and inner-city Atlanta public schools, in which these very different public agencies achieved dramatically better results as a result of the right leadership and approaches to organization. Wilson understood the critical important of organizational culture as the source of good bureaucratic performance, as opposed to the shifting around of boxes on an org chart that often passes for reform (e.g., the two big reforms of the 2000s, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the reorganization of the intelligence community).

This was all underscored by Jim’s student John DiIulio in a 1994 article entitled “Principled Agents,” which attacked the current tendency to understand organizations using economic models which assume that bureaucrats were self-interested rational agents. DiIulio’s article begins with a description of a prison riot which led a group of retired federal prison officials to jump on airplanes at their own expense to help manage the crisis. This kind of behavior is not the norm in most bureaucracies, but is characteristic of the best ones, and a standard that can be achieved if the bureaucracy builds a strong sense of common identity, and public officials understand that they are serving larger moral purposes.

There are so many other works of Jim Wilson that have enriched our understanding of politics and American government, and it seems almost belittling to pick out only one. He was a man of broad interests, who loved fast cars, scuba diving, and the California coastline. So it is thus with great sadness that we have to mark his passing this week.

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From: TimF3/11/2012 1:11:19 PM
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Carroll LeFon / Neptunus Lex - Retired Naval Captain and aviator, blogger, age 51

Died in a plane crash at NAS Fallon in Nevada Tuesday March 6th 2012.


Crash kills pilot who blogged as Neptunus Lex

By Staff writer
Posted : Wednesday Mar 7, 2012 13:13:46 EST
Retired naval aviator Carroll LeFon, perhaps better known by the nom de plume Neptunus Lex, was killed in a plane crash Tuesday morning when his F-21 Kfir crashed at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., his blog confirmed.

LeFon, 51, retired as a captain in June 2008 after serving as an instructor at Top Gun and in various positions at several strike fighter squadrons.

In his civilian life, LeFon worked for Airborne Tactical Advantage Co., a contractor that operates simulated enemy aircraft with which student aviators train. But as a prominent military blogger, he was part analyst, part cheerleader, part critic and part poet who wrote about the Navy, his family, the military and global affairs with the casual tone, frankness and familiarity that flows through ready rooms. His sea stories were personal memoirs as well as parables.

ATAC and Fallon did not return calls for comment. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

LeFon began blogging in 2003 during the early months of the invasion of Iraq. Like many other military bloggers, he initially wrote anonymously — it was and still can be problematic for service members to openly publish opinions.

Besides writing for his personal fulfillment, he tried to counter media reports that would tax the military’s will to fight, said Cmdr. Chap Godbey, a blogger, foreign area officer and the author of one of the dozens of tributes to LeFon to hit the web as news of his death spread.

“He was a guy who was able to put out the truth, put out first-hand reporting from folks and put out things that would not have gotten out any other way,” Godbey said.

LeFon’s blog chronicled his own experiences in the Navy, his transition into retirement and his second career in the civilian workforce.

He was thrilled to fly Kfirs as opposition forces because it meant that he would continue to operate one of the world’s most advanced jets, Godbey said.

“The joy of having a second chance, not being over, that’s a big thing for fighter pilots, because once you’re done, you’re done. And that change hits people pretty hard,” he said.

Originally from Alexandria, Va., LeFon earned his commission through the Naval Academy in 1982.

“To this day, I cannot see the academy’s chapel dome in the distance without checking my watch to see if I am late, and wondering whether I am going to be in trouble,” he wrote in one of his posts.

He reported to his first squadron in the fleet, Strike Fighter Squadron 25, in July 1987. “Here is where I discovered that despite being the only male child in my family, I had twelve brothers,” he wrote.

Several other billets involved training, including a tour as an instructor at Navy Fighter Weapons School, better known as Top Gun. He was the executive officer and later commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 94. He was with that squadron from June 2001 to July 2003.

Along the way he deployed seven times, serving on the carriers Constellation, Independence and Carl Vinson. He earned two Legions of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal (Strike/Flight Award), two Navy/ Marine Corps Commendation Medals and the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

He leaves behind his wife and three children, including a son who flies MH-60S Seahawks.

“Married to the best girl I ever met, who also delivered up three wonderful children. Don’t really know how I could be happier, or more blessed,” he wrote.


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